Shangghuan Zhe, SANKUANZ designer, is a part of a prolific generation that witnessed major social and historical changes growing up in China, he decided to launch his own menswear brand, in 2008 and presented his first collection internationally in 2013.
His process as a designer is deeply collaborative and multidisciplinary, incorporating contradictory and clashing elements within his high-end collections. Tension and balance are both parts of his world, best expressed through his use of oversize silhouettes contrasted with sharp tailoring. The brand boasts a distinctive and playful approach to fashion that has gained a cult-like following in China and abroad. SANKUANZ's intriguing and unconventional style made Zhe a sort of eccentric enfant terrible in the Chinese mainstream fashion scene.
SANKUANZ designs reflect the expression of different cultures. Classical references are mixed with pop elements through the combination of razor-sharp tailoring, graphic playful prints, deconstruction and androgynous sporty silhouettes. The final result is well-balanced collections in their eccentricity. Each element, eccentric or classical, finds its proper place and highlights the others.
Pairing fragments from contemporary art with vintage sportswear and sleek uniforms, SANKUANZ reinterprets menswear with a rebellious voice, challenging the status quo while pushing constructive thought. His designs are symbolically charged, conjuring up images, which encapsulate subcultures.